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Title: Progressive realism and the EU’s international actorness: towards a grand strategy?
Authors: Barrinha, André 
Keywords: Classical realism; Grand strategy; European external relations; Normative power; Europe; European security
Issue Date: Feb-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of European Integration
Volume: 38
Issue: 4
Abstract: The EU lacks a coherent strategy to guide its international actions. This is a problem that has been amply discussed in both academic and policy-making circles, but that remains to be fully addressed. The December 2013 European Council recognised the issue, and the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini is in charge of a strategic review that will lead to a global strategy by June 2016. Most arguments in favour of a grand strategy rely on utilitarian arguments that highlight the EU’s potential for a more efficient foreign policy. By linking a progressive realist approach to the importance of an EU grand strategy, this article intends to demonstrate the normative need for such a guiding document. As it will be argued, a grand strategy is a necessary step in the consolidation of the EU as a pluralist post-national polity that has in the fulfilment of its citizens’ interests its raison d’être.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/36341
ISSN: 0703-6337
1477-2280
DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2016.1141905
10.1080/07036337.2016.1141905
Rights: embargoedAccess
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